"What Have I Done?" as written by Tim Kasher, Matthew Ryan Maginn and Ted James Stevens....
A year now and nothing much has changed
Holed up in a motel in El Paso
This was meant to be my great escape
But, I got lost along the way
Amongst free HBO (Court TV) and take-out
Going to write my Moby Dicks
More like scratching lyrics on paper plates
I spent the best years of my life
Waiting on the best years of my life
So what's there to write about?
What have I done?
What have I done?
So is this my destiny?
From starlight into eternity
The gods must be laughing down at me
Ha, ha, ha
Ha, ha, ha
A traveling salesmen at twenty years old
Stranded in Ann Arbor with a flat tire
And I watch the sun sadly set
Any younger, I may have wept
Much older, I wouldn't notice
But I was out there in the world
Yeah, then the world, it passed me by
I was telling everyone back home
That I was taking it by storm
Instead, I watched it from the roadside
What have I done?
What have I done?
So are these the best tales I can spin?
A boy waiting to begin
A man with no memoirs
What have I done?
What have I done?
You're young and you're going to be someone
Then you're old and you're ashamed of what you've become
Well, take a look around you
You're preaching to the choir
Oh, oh, oh
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What have I done?
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What have I done?
What have I done?
What have I done?
What have I done?
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"What Have I Done?" as written by Ted James Stevens Matthew Ryan Maginn

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  • +2
    General Comment"I spent the best years of my life waiting on the best years of my life"

    I feel you, Kasher.
    leahperon February 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy favorite Cursive song.
    DakotaFloydon March 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe (alternative version, demo) is on the bonus material which I think is better than the album version. Along with I couldnt love you and two song's that didn't make that album.
    brandonbett02on March 06, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI hear "oh, tell me daughter, what have I done?"

    I get goosebumps every time I listen to this song.
    YoItsEmoon June 03, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhere did you get Court TV from?
    CAPTAINMORGUNon March 01, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentProbably got it from an early version. Some of the songs on "Mama" have been around for months, with youtube videos and radio performances.

    For instance, "We're Going to Hell" has almost completely different lyrics than previously available versions.
    semanticanticson March 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah I got Court TV from an old version floating around on youtube, there was also a version where there were some lyrics about being up on a stage or something, but I couldn't make them out
    Paperface90on March 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPretty sure the question marks can be filled with "tell me, father" "let my mama know" and "tell me, daughter".. not necessarily in that order... but, that is what I hear.

    It can be much easier understood on the Shockhound sessions:

    shockhound.com/videos/…
    KDJLAHon May 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSounds like a lot of things, sadness, remorse, anger, fear. The most to the point lyrics I think are:

    "You're young and you're going to be someone
    Then you're old and you're ashamed of what you've become
    Well, take a look around you
    You're preaching to the choir"

    What have YOU done?
    XLoveEpiphanyXon May 04, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyoure preaching to the choir... man dont be so hard on yourself TIM lol...

    man what a eye opener for everyone.
    JustAlittleCriticalon May 20, 2009   Link

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